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MMA Fighter Rankings: By Division

The Mixed Martial Arts fighter rankings are compiled from top talent from all the MMA promotions and are based on recent performances and overall record.

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In the Heavyweight division, Cain Velasquez has now beaten Antonio Silva and Junior dos Santos twice and will likely defend his title against No. 3 Fabricio Werdum next. Stipe Miocic rises in the rankings with an impressive win over Roy Nelson, as does Travis Browne with an impressive win over Josh Barnett.

1. Cain Velasquez – UFC (Champion)
2. Junior dos Santos – UFC
3. Fabricio Werdum – UFC
4. Travis Browne – UFC
5. Stipe Miocic – UFC
6. Antonio Silva – UFC
7. Josh Barnett – UFC
8. Alistair Overeem – UFC
9. Mark Hunt - UFC
10. Frank Mir – UFC

The Light Heavyweight division continues to be stacked with top-ranked fighters battling for the top five spots. Alexander Gustafsson holds onto his No. 2 spot in the rankings with a close title shot loss to Jon Jones. Dan Henderson climbs back into contention with a win over Mauricio Rua, while Glover Teixeira climbs up to No. 3 following a win over James Te Huna.

1. Jon Jones – UFC (Champion)
2. Alexander Gustafsson – UFC
3. Glover Teixeira – UFC
4. Phil Davis – UFC
5. Rashad Evans – UFC
6. Daniel Cormier – UFC
7. Dan Henderson – UFC
8. Chael Sonnen – UFC
9. Ryan Bader - UFC
10. Mauricio Rua – UFC

Chris Weidman was able to shock the world with two KO wins over longtime champion Anderson Silva to take over the top spot in the rankings for the Middleweight division. Luke Rockhold climbs in the rankings with an impressive win over Costa Philippou, while Lyoto Machida makes his run at the title from the No. 4 spot.

1. Chris Weidman – UFC (Champion)
2. Vitor Belfort – UFC
3. Ronaldo Souza – UFC
4. Lyoto Machida – UFC
5. Luke Rockhold – UFC
6. Michael Bisping – UFC
7. Francis Carmont – UFC
8. Mark Munoz – UFC
9. Costa Philippou – UFC
10. Tim Kennedy – UFC

The Welterweight division has finally opened up following the sabbatical announcement by champion Georges St-Pierre. Newly crowned UFC Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks solidified his No. 1 spot with a heroic win over Robbie Lawler, and Tyron Woodley climbs into contention with a win over Carlos Condit. Matt Brown and Tarec Saffiedine make the list with recent wins.

1. Johny Hendricks – UFC
2. Robbie Lawlor – UFC
3. Rory MacDonald – UFC
4. Tyron Woodley – UFC
5. Jake Ellenberger – UFC
6. Hector Lombard – UFC
7. Ben Askren – OFC
8. Demian Maia – UFC
9. Matt Brown – UFC
10. Tarec Saffiedine – UFC

Anthony Pettis has finally established himself as the best Lightweight fighter in the world with a submission win over Benson Henderson but is once again sidelined with an injury. Rafael dos Anjos climbs following his win over Donald Cerrone, and T.J. Grant holds onto his top contender spot while nursing his own injuries.

1. Anthony Pettis – UFC (Champion)
2. T.J. Grant – UFC
3. Benson Henderson – UFC
4. Gilbert Melendez – UFC
5. Josh Thomson – UFC
6. Rafael dos Anjos – UFC
7. Khabib Nurmagomedov – UFC
8. Michael Chandler – Bellator
9. Nate Diaz –UFC
10. Donald Cerrone – UFC

Jose Aldo rules the Featherweight division but could be making a move up to Lightweight at any time. Chad Mendes remains in the No.1 contender spot, and Cub Swanson moves into the No. 6 spot. Pat Curran moves into the No. 3 spot following his last Bellator title win.

1. Jose Aldo – UFC (Champion)
2. Chad Mendes – UFC
3. Pat Curran – Bellator
4. Ricardo Lamas – UFC
5. Frank Edgar – UFC
6. Cub Swanson – UFC
7. Chan Sung Jung – UFC
8. Dustin Poitier – UFC
9. Nik Lentz – UFC
10. Dennis Siver – UFC

Renan Barao has become the UFC Bantamweight champion with an impressive win over Urijah Faber and has already beaten most of the contenders in the division. Raphael Assuncao moves into the No. 3 spot with a win over Pedro Munhoz and should be the next challenger for the belt.

1. Renan Barao – UFC (Interim Champion)
2. Urijah Faber – UFC
3. Raphael Assuncao – UFC
4. Michael McDonald – UFC
5. Brad Pickett – UFC
6. Eddie Wineland – UFC
7. T.J. Dillashaw – UFC
8. Takeya Mizugaki – UFC
9. Luri Alcantara – UFC
10. Francisco Rivera – UFC

The Flyweight division has crowned Demetrious Johnson as the first UFC Flyweight champion and he has solidified that crown with impressive wins over all the top contenders. John Dodson finds himself back in top contender position by default following Johnson's title defenses against Joseph Benavidez and John Moraga.

1. Demetrious Johnson – UFC
2. John Dodson – UFC
3. Joseph Benavidez – UFC
4. Ian McCall – UFC
5. John Moraga – UFC
6. Timothy Elliot – UFC
7. John Lineker – UFC
8. Chris Cariaso – UFC
9. Ali Bagautinov – UFC
10. Zach Makovsky – UFC

The Women’s Bantamweight division is ruled by MMA superstar Ronda Rousey who most recently defended her title against Sara McMann, winning via knee strikes. Next for Rousey should be the elite striking skills of Cat Zingano or a potential Super Fight against either Cris Cyborg or Gina Carano.

1. Ronda Rousey – UFC
2. Cat Zingano – UFC
3. Alexis Davis – UFC
4. Miesha Tate – UFC
5. Sara McMann – UFC
6. Jessica Eye – UFC
7. Sarah Kaufman – UFC
8. Liz Carmouche – UFC
9. Amanda Nunes – UFC
10. Jessica Andrade – UFC